Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good


Throughout the summer, Spontaneous Interventions will serve as a platform to discuss city-making and a broad range of innovative tactics now being implemented -- from the bottom up and top down to make cities more livable, sustainable, accessible and just. Panel discussions, workshops, tours and other events will be held weekly in the Chicago Cultural Center, our pop-up pavilion in Millennium Park, and at offsite locations in partnership with various organizations around the city.  For complete schedule and updates, see spontaneousinterventions.org.

Opening May 24 and running through September 1 Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good features 84 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists and everyday citizens that bring positive change to neighborhoods and cities in addition to a pop-up installation in Millennium Park.


Highlights for June, July & August include dozens of events led by featured Spontaneous Interventions artists and local leading urban actors, such as Bicycle tours of Chicago's People Spots; DIY bird habitat workshop with Crookedworks; phytoremediation climic with Kaja Kuhl; Rethinking Soup in partnership with Hull House; soil testing by Future farmers; Achitecture for Humanity's Activate! site bike tour; Version Festival 2013 in Bridgeport, and more.

Chicago is the first destination of the installation, which served as the U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012). The Chicago installation will recreate the lively exhibition design of pull-down banners, created by Brooklyn design studio Freecell and Berkeley-based communication design firm M-A-D. The contents of the exhibition have been updated to include more recent and more local projects. Among the 84 projects that will be presented, more than a dozen are from Chicago, including several that also appeared in Venice.

All summer long, programs will take place at the Cultural Center, in the pop-up pavilion in Millennium Park and at various offsite locations. Many of the programs are organized in partnership with Chicago-based designers, nonprofits, community organizations, and city agencies.


Friday, May 24 - Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hours: Chicago Cultural Center Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm Friday, 9 am–6 pm Saturday, 9 am–6 pm Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

Millennium Park Open Daily, 6 am - 11 pm

Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602

Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602